by Henno Lohmeyer, exclusive
Baritone Anthony Clark Evans, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, was thrust onto the operatic scene while working as a car salesman in Elizabethtown, KY. Deemed “the man who came from nowhere,” he is a winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Shortly after this victory, he reached the finals of the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition (which awarded him a career grant and invited him to perform at the foundation’s 2012 Fall Gala in New York), and won First Prize at the Giulio Gari Competition – all within three months. He made his professional debut recital last August in Lexington, KY of which local arts reporter Rich Copley said, “[Evans] has a personality as big as his voice.” His most recent success includes being named second prize winner of the Opera Index Competition, winner of the Mario Lanza Institute Competition, and being named a winner of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center Auditions, securing him a place in the prestigious program beginning April 2013.
During his time at Murray State University, he studied voice with Dr. Randall Black and was involved in various ensembles, including concert choir, sax quartet, and drum line. He was a two-time finalist at the Orpheus International Vocal Competition in Mufreesboro, TN, and was an apprentice artist with Arkansas’ Opera in the Ozarks in 2008, where he performed the roles of Marcello in La Bohème and Pish-Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Mr. Evans is married to his college sweetheart, Kim, a middle school teacher. He has left his job selling cars to pursue his operatic career.